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WRITING

Welcome to the archive: examples of the alchemy between my eclectic curiosity about the world, my filmic imagination and my free range vocabulary.  Just think of the possibilities.

Boris and the Bumpy Ride

[to the tune of Nellie the Elephant] One dark day Theresa was swept away though Patel and Javid and Dominic Raabid have nothing new to say Ken Clarke leaved while Dominic Grieve was sheaved and glorious Rory our One Nation Tory by none would be believed Boris the...

War Cry

  1918 Kissing cousins in a spat over sovereignty take a pleasure cruise to the Continent to dig trenches and play Chicken with gelignite: “Leave your nets and we’ll make you killers of men”. “Bash the Bosh barbarian then home in time for tea” – with my nerves...

Skripalitics

I just wrote to my MP about how tightening sanctions helps to undermine democracy in Russia.  And included a link to my poem in response to recent events in Salisbury. Article Nine of the Convention of Chemical Weapons stipulates a 10 day pause to examine evidence...

March of the Feathers

If I were a bird made to walk I would walk for the right to fly If I were a corpse kept alive I would live for the right to die If I were a saint sent away I would sin for the right to stay If you deny me tomorrow you’ll find a bomb under today While one is put down...

Shipping Forecast

Sunset Scarlet ibis glide in to nest for the night as the swamp breathes a sigh of relief Breathes Bamboo boatmen slide out from under the house stilts to scavenge for not yet rotted flesh reciting the ancient rhyme: “Visibility poor…”   First performed at the...

Reverse Gear

In his eye-opening book 'Sapiens', Yuval Noah Harari highlights a fateful distinction: "Since most masculine and feminine qualities are cultural rather than biological, no society automatically crowns each male a man, or every female a woman. Nor are these titles...

‘Street Piano’

On Saturday 2nd June I was the first to play Street Piano in support of the next Bridport Soup this autumn.  A 15 minute medley of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller - just getting into my stride when my time was up! "We hope to decorate the piano (donated by...

Vein Doctor

My 2016 began with major surgery.  And ended with a song to my surgeon, without whose consummate skill I wouldn’t be singing today…    Introduction (sung to the tune of 'O sole mio') Nick Lagattolla, so dear to me Consultant surgeon from Italy slits throats so...

Brexit Review

(sung to a tune by Lionel Bart borrowed from ‘Oliver!’)   We’ve still got some sense, haven't we? sit on the fence, haven’t we? And though outsiders think that we’re always so sane and straight laced we’re finding it hard to head out through that exit straight...

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